A real brush truck!

lbyota85

Let the chips fly!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Location
Taylorsville, NC
So for a long time now at work we have tried to persuade the powers that be to build a real brush truck. Well all or the stars have aligned and finally get to do one.

01 F550
7.3
335/80R20s
4” lift and a lot of trimming
Buckstop bumper and M12000
Aluminum flat bed and 300 gal skid unit.

Gonna be a sweet water squirter.

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WARRIORWELDING

Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.
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Chillin, Hwy 64 Mocksville NC
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rodney eppes

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Location
Mt.Holly NC 28120
That's nice, or will be nice! Back in my day, we had a 59 F250, with 700x16 MT tries. Truck had enough springs to be a 1 ton, but also overloaded for the skinny tires. Had to be careful Not to get stuck. In 1982 Dept. bought a F350. Still single wheels, but we bought a skid unit for it, which was lighter than the home built tank in the old truck. We also installed 12.5 x 33 x 16 MT tires on 10" rims. That unit would go offroad, anywhere reasonable, & pulled many other units including Power Wagons, out of struck places. About the same time the City of Charlotte starting buying the F350 s with skid units. Biggest difference was they stayed with Factory stock tires. They got Stuck, as we Knew! My opinion, a brush truck is more about flotation & maneuverability, than the amount of water & equipment it carries. That's why you have tankers sitting on solid ground, for support.
Here's a pic of the 59. Don't have one of the 82.
 

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lbyota85

Let the chips fly!
Joined
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Location
Taylorsville, NC
That's nice, or will be nice! Back in my day, we had a 59 F250, with 700x16 MT tries. Truck had enough springs to be a 1 ton, but also overloaded for the skinny tires. Had to be careful Not to get stuck. In 1982 Dept. bought a F350. Still single wheels, but we bought a skid unit for it, which was lighter than the home built tank in the old truck. We also installed 12.5 x 33 x 16 MT tires on 10" rims. That unit would go offroad, anywhere reasonable, & pulled many other units including Power Wagons, out of struck places. About the same time the City of Charlotte starting buying the F350 s with skid units. Biggest difference was they stayed with Factory stock tires. They got Stuck, as we Knew! My opinion, a brush truck is more about flotation & maneuverability, than the amount of water & equipment it carries. That's why you have tankers sitting on solid ground, for support.
Here's a pic of the 59. Don't have one of the 82.
Those are sweet!
Yea I agree. The ones we normally build have just the box standerd 19.5s. Won’t make it out of a dirt parking lot.....
hopefully we get to do more of these. Boss is already working on a quote for another one except on a new chassis. We’ll see.
 

WARRIORWELDING

Owner opperator Of WarriorWelding LLC.
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Chillin, Hwy 64 Mocksville NC
Looks good. And I'm still jealous. Who makes the wheels?
 

GotWood

Sayer of Fact
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Jan 12, 2007
Location
Maiden, NC
We have the same truck, almost 10k on the clock. I've tried for years to talk them into this but hasn't worked yet.
 

Creekin

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Jun 26, 2018
Location
Hickory
Wow, only 26K miles on the truck!
At this rate, the 7.3 rig is going to last forever.
Any plans to upgrade the headlights?
 

336wheeler

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Sep 9, 2006
Location
Boone
Awesome build!
 

lbyota85

Let the chips fly!
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Dec 11, 2006
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Taylorsville, NC
Sticking with singles all around? If so, after you keeping the drw hubs up front.
Yea it’s a super single kit. The way the wheels are offset you have to keep them on or else the tires wouldn’t turn far at all plus the wheel pattern on a 450/550 is quite a bit larger than the 1ton stuff. It is a little wider in the front than the rear naturally.
 

paradisePWoffrd

Recovering Project Junkie
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Nov 5, 2005
Location
Newton, NC
Yea it’s a super single kit. The way the wheels are offset you have to keep them on or else the tires wouldn’t turn far at all plus the wheel pattern on a 450/550 is quite a bit larger than the 1ton stuff. It is a little wider in the front than the rear naturally.
Truck is looking mean for sure.
 

AdamH

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Mar 17, 2009
Location
Mt. Holly
I grew up in Farmington. Parents still live in the same house. Not surprised the truck is in such good shape to start with. Awesome build
 

awheelterd

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Oct 18, 2007
Location
johnston co./ ncsu
Thats awesome. Our brush truck is a f450 service body on street tires. It was spec'd by a bunch of city firemen that think you're supposed to leave the truck on the asphalt and pull hose to fight fire. That's all good and we'll in a subdivision but out here in the sticks I'm not pulling 2 miles of hose!
 

Croatan_Kid

How's your hammer hangin'?
Joined
Nov 4, 2007
Location
New Bern
335/80R20s. Says it in the first post. They look like Continental MPT 81s to me.

Edit: Damn! They're expensive! I want a set for my CUCV though...
 
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